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Mix-and-Match Greeting Cards 


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Mix-and-Match Greeting Cards 

Written By: Diane Gilleland 


Crewel needle (1) 
for paper embroidery 

Glue stick (1) 

Hand-sewing needle (1) 
for sewing 

Heat gun (1) 

for heat embossing - 1 use a Marvy 

Uchida Heat Tool, available at 

Long quilting pin (1) 
for paper embroidery 

Masking tape (1) 

Padded surface such as a cork trivet or 

folded felt (1) 

for paper embroidery 

Rubber stamp of your choice (1) 
for heat embossing 

Scissors (1) 

Sewing machine (1) 
for sewing 

Soft paintbrush (1) 
for heat embossing 


• Blank cards (1) 

Decorative scrapbook paper (1) 

Adhesive photo corners (1) 

Thread (1) 

for sewing - 1 used variegated polyester 
thread and metallic thread: you can also 
use all-purpose thread. 

Embossing ink (1) 
for heat embossing 

Embossing powder (1) 

for heat embossing - Powder and ink are 
sold in scrapbookmg stores, or at 

Pearl cotton embroidery floss (1) 
for paper embroidery 


Here are 3 simple paper-crafting techniques you can combine and recombine to create 
gorgeous holiday cards. I've used machine sewing, heat embossing, and paper embroidery 

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to make 2 very different sets of greetings. What other variations can you come up with? 

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• Adjust your machine. 

• When you use your sewing 
machine to sew on paper, it's a 
good idea to switch to a heavy-duty 
needle and a teflon presser foot, if 
available. You may also need to 
loosen the tension a bit — make a 
few rows of stitches on a test card 
to see if this is the case. 

Step 2 — Practice first. 

• Use your test card to sew a 

practice row before you work on an 
actual card. Some decorative 
stitches will need further tension 
adjustments, and you'll want to 
know this before you start stitching 
on your handmade cards. 

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Step 3 — Tying off. 

• At the end of a seam, take the 
loose end of the thread on the front 
of the card and thread it onto a 
hand-sewing needle. Then sew it 
through to the back of the card, and 
tie the 2 ends in a double knot. Clip 
off the excess thread. 


• Ink up and stamp. 

• Generously ink up a rubber stamp 
with embossing ink. This ink is 
often clear, so look for its sheen on 
the stamp to make sure you have 
enough coverage. 

• Then press the inked stamp firmly 
onto the greeting card. 

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Step 5 — Apply the powder. 

• Use a soft paintbrush to pick up the 
embossing powder from its 

• Hold the brush over the stamped 
design and tap it to scatter the 

• Repeat this process until the 
stamped design has a generous 
coating of embossing powder. 

• Then tap the card over a 
wastebasket to remove any excess 

Step 6 — Heat. 

• Turn on the heat gun and hold it over the embossing powder, moving it constantly. After a 
few seconds, the powder will begin to melt and turn shiny. 

• Continue heating until all the powder has melted, then allow the embossing to cool before 

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• Plan and poke. 

• Decide what design to embroider 
on your card. 

• Open the card flat and place it on a 
padded surface. 

• Place a pattern or sketch over the 
front of the card and use a quilting 
pin to poke the holes you'll need for 
embroidery through the cardstock. 

Step 8 — Tape the ends. 

• Instead of knotting the floss at the 
beginning and end of stitching, 
secure the ends with small pieces 
of masking tape. They'll lay flat and 
keep the card from getting bulky. 

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Step 9 — Stitch. 

• Follow your pre-punched holes to embroider on the card. 


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• Find your image. 

• You can find lots of vintage images 
online. Try a group search on for "vintage 
photographs." But be sure to get 
the owner's permission before 
using these images. 

• If you're using your own old 
photographs for this project, I 
recommend that you scan them 
and print copies onto photographic 
paper instead of using originals. 

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Step 11 — Prepare to embellish. 

• Adhere the photo to the cardstock 
with a little glue stick before doing 
any sewing, stamping, or 

• If you like, you can add some 
adhesive photo corners as well. 


• Start collecting. 

• Save magazine subscription cards, postcards, and other cardstock junk mail. 

• Cut any silhouette you like — I've used an ornament motif here, but the possibilities are 

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Step 13 — Glue the cutouts. 

• Adhere the cutouts to the card with 
a little glue stick before doing any 
sewing or embroidery. 

• If you want to heat-emboss 
the cutouts, do so before 
gluing them to the card. 

Step 14 — Secure the back. 

• If you run machine stitching off the 
edge of the card, as I've done here, 
don't worry about knotting the 
threads at the back of the card. 
Instead, just wrap both loose ends 
around to the back and secure 
them with a small piece of masking 

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Step 15 — Finishing the cards. 

• Glue a coordinating piece of decorative paper to the inside front of the card, to cover up 
the back of your sewing and embroidery. 

• Write a quick message and you're done! 

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